Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Schwartz's vs Daddy/Daughter Snowflake Dance 2015

This year Sarah's dance school put on what I hope will be a new annual event.  They had a Daddy/Daughter Snowflake Dance and it was adorable.  They sent home flyers about it with the parents but didn't tell Sarah's class about it so it was a complete surprise for her.  She knew she had a date with Daddy that night but didn't know where or what they'd be doing.

While Chris went to go run an errand I got Sarah dressed in one of her favorite dresses.  We painted her nails and did her hair all fancy.  She even got to wear some of my lipstick and perfume.  She was super excited.

Daddy of course put on a nice suite and tie to match his pretty princess.  Fun fact, you never have to suggest to Chris that he dress in a complimentary or coordinating color scheme.  He likes to do it.  He had a big surprise for her.

I know this picture isn't from the best angle, but she was thrilled and had a HUGE smile on her face.

Of course we had to take some standard pre-prom pictures.  
Daddy putting on Sarah's corsage.

Sarah pinning on Daddy's boutonniere. 

On last picture before they headed to the ball.

According to Chris, Sarah was a lot of fun to dance with.  She had a great time dancing with the other girls.  Her favorite part about dancing was spinning around in circles, whether that was her just spinning or Chris spinning her.  Spinning was her favorite.  Chris said she was a good partner and followed his lead.  

Chris had a good time spending some precious one on one time with Sarah.  He's a great dad.  He says he also hopes that MSoD does this every year.  He's looking forward to this becoming a nice tradition for him and Sarah.

And now, thanks to the wonder that is Facebook, here's some pictures he was tagged in from the dance.

But I'll spare you from seeing the video where he failed to hoola hoop during the competition.  He's apparently terrible at it.  

And finally, the official daddy-daughter dance picture from MSoD

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Schwartz's vs The Middle Child

There are a lot of theories about birth order.  And a lot of negative things said about "the middle child".  It almost has a cursed way that it comes out of people's mouths.  At one point, Chris actually wanted to have a 4th kid to avoid having "the middle child".  Yet here we are and while I do waffle often about the sweeping declaration I have made multiple times about being done (we are), we have inevitably ended up with dun dun duuuuuuunnnnnn "the middle child".

And I wouldn't change it for one second.  

I say it often so much sometimes I'm tired of saying it, but Cody and I had a rough infancy.  He was in pain, and I was probably in desperate need of medication.  We failed each other in many areas.  But at about 15 months he and I finally started to "get" each other.  And we are so close and it is such a special relationship we have.  

And while maybe there are some things that suck about being the middle child.  I have grown to love him for that role he fills in our family.  Because I don't see him as the slighted middle child, but more as the "present child".

I look at Sarah and she's the future.  She's everything that Cody will eventually be able to do.  She'll test the waters and push the boundaries.  She'll teach us what to do by being our trial and error kid. 

I look at Charlie as the past child.  He's where Cody JUST was.  I see what Charlie is doing now and I smile sweetly and think about how it really seems like JUST yesterday Cody was learning how to do that.  

But I look at Cody and he's the present.  He's the now.  And I love it.  I love everything about having 3 kids for this reason of being able to see the past, present, and future all in one house playing together. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Schwartz vs Random Church Happenings

All dressed and ready for church Jan. 11th.

Cody is a Sunbeam now!  It's adorable.  But we decided it was probably time to stop letting them bring toys to church and we needed to transition them to quite things like lacing cards and books.  So far they are doing pretty good.

Reading a book about reverence that Grandma Pat sent him

She was loving this "princess dress" that Tia Elizabeth gave her for her birthday.

So, this post is basically going to be about Cody.  I am just so excited that he is a Sunbeam now.  Nursery was a hot mess.  The leaders in there while he was in nursery were so disorganized it was chaotic and tragic.  They didn't even have lessons.  It made me sad.  But his Sunbeam teachers, Brother and Sister Teague are AMAZING!  They were Sarah's sunbeam teachers too.  And they are so fantastic with the kids.  They really make sure the lessons are age appropriate and interesting for the kids.  EVERY week Cody has been able to come home and tell us what he learned.  As opposed to when I'd ask after nursery if they talked about Jesus and he would just laugh and tell me no.  

Two Sunday's ago Cody was very excited because he got tagged.  Basically they put a little paper bracelet on him telling us that he had either the scripture, prayer, or talk next Sunday.  He was so proud of his bracelet.  

So today he gave his first talk in Primary!  He did so good!  He wasn't nervous at all.  He stepped up there, adjusted the mic, and then waited for me to whisper in his ear what to say and he repeated it.  The funniest part was when he thought he knew what I was going to say.  I started to say "atonement" and he cut me off and said, "Atoka".  Nope, Jesus did not Atoka for our sins.  Ha!  

I know this one is blurry but I was just so proud of him.  And he was so cute as he put the mic back.  

And thank you Sis. Teague for taking these pictures for me!

I will also say that Cody sits nicely and doesn't yell at me during singing time (like he did in nursery).  And he has even been singing the song of the month around the house.  Wahoo!

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Schwartz's vs Charlie's 9 Months Old

I tried doing a cell phone shot to see if it would shorten the turn around time to get it up on the blog.  It did, but it's also a fuzzy picture so next month I'll go back to the real camera.

Today's Stats:

Weight: 17 lbs 11 oz (10th percentile)
Height: 28 1/2 inches (50th percentile)
Length: 17 1/4 inches (25th percentile)

You are 9 months old today!  Yay!  As you see from your stats, we are officially on the naughty list.  You went from the 50th percentile at your 4 month check up, to the 25th percentile at your 6 month check up, and now you are riding that 10th percentile line.  This means we got the parting gift of a big ol' bag of formula samples from Dr. Catherine.  Now, in all fairness, she's not saying we have to switch or that supplementing is mandatory.  It's just an extra precaution.

So, what have you been up to?

* You have 6 teeth.  6 razor sharp pointy teeth, 4 top, 2 bottom.
* You are a biter.  And you use your teeth to climb.  So, for example, you'll come up to me and put your teeth on my knee and then help yourself stand up.  Pretty annoying.
* You are no longer homeless.  As difficult as this was for me, when we got home from Cincinnati, we moved your pack and play into Sarah's room.  You have now been napping and sleeping the night in there.
* We hope to get you into a real crib by your first birthday.
* You have found your voice and babble more.  Mostly around food time.  You are most vocal in your high chair because you want us to stuff food in your face.
* We think your babbling mostly sounds like 2 words, "Hey!" and "Mama".
* You are warming up to purees.  Still can't stand vegetables but you eat all the fruits.
* You are very interested in what we are eating so we give you tiny bites of our dinner for you to poke around and try to eat.
* Your favorite food is whatever tiny something you shouldn't put in your mouth you can find on the floor.  I am constantly pulling stuff out of your mouth and feel like I need vacuum every hour and it still wouldn't help.
* Your favorite toys are plastic balls.  You like to chew on them.
* Your other favorite toy is whatever Sarah or Cody have.
* You love music.
* You love to crawl.  (into the bathroom...gross)
* You have been experimenting with free standing but are not cruising yet.

You are an easy going little guy.  You are happy probably 90% of the time and really only get mad when you get put down or are left behind.  It's funny cause sometimes while I'm in the kitchen cooking and you are in the room playing with Sarah and Cody one of them will have to go potty and will remind the other not to leave the room while they are gone otherwise you'll cry.  You have a huge smile and a great laugh.

We're glad you're a part of our family!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Schwartz's vs Schwartzmas 2014

All I can really think of to say right now is: Thank Goodness for Schwartzmas this year.

The elusive Schwartendeer

I operated on basically no Christmas spirit this year.  I didn't decorate the house.  We didn't buy a tree.  Most of our gifts were bought ahead of time this year, and we only got the kids 3 things each, so there was no rush of joy and adrenaline as you pick up massive amounts of gifts giddy over the thought of watching them open their presents.  We thought it would make our Christmas less stressful especially because the kids are young and we were traveling, but when all was said and done, it actually made me a little sad.  I don't think we'll be doing that again next year.  

As much as I was so glad that my brother invited us all for Christmas this year, the fact is, I miss my parents.  I miss the noise and the laughter that comes with all of us being together.  I miss the constant  that my family is in my life.  And this year, too much was in flux with the Smith's for me to find the comfort and joy that being together usually gives me.  

So I truly think this year, Schwartzmas was one of those defining moments in my Schwartzhood where I not only accepted my dual-citizenship, but really appreciated more than words can do it full justice.  Because in Schwartzmas this year I found that comfort and joy.  The loud laughter and noise that comes in a house full of family.  Schwartzmas this year was as good as any Florida Christmas ever could be.  And that was probably the best Christmas gift I got, and it was so needed.

Traditional Evening Movie

Cousin Sleep Over

Adult game time after the kids are in bed.

Then in the morning we had breakfast first before we opened presents which gave Cody time to wake up and be happy so we actually have smiling Cody opening presents. 

As always, the grandparents spoiled us and the kids rotten.  Everyone had a great time.  We spent the rest of the day watching movies, playing games, the kids playing with their new toys, and eating.  

After 24 hours of Schwartz time, everyone heads home happy, but also pretty exhausted.